Medical Music Therapy
As a recognized health profession, music therapy is the use of music-centered experiences between a credentialed professional and a patient, during which time the therapist helps the patient achieve his/ her non-musical therapeutic goals.
In order to ensure a unified approach to the patient’s care, music therapists are an active member of the treatment team/interdisciplinary team. The frequency and duration of music therapy sessions should be determined by a physician, members of the treatment team and/or by the music therapist, and can be modified at any time.
Medical music therapy goals may include:
- Using music as a distraction
- Reducing pain
- Reducing medication levels
- Reducing anxiety
- Reducing stress
- Increasing awareness / Reality orientation
- Improving communication
- Providing more opportunities for sensory stimulation
- Rehabilitation (both neurological and physical)
- Quality of Life for imminent Hospice patients
Common interventions used during medical music therapy sessions can include singing, song-writing, reminiscing, lyric analysis, instrument play, movement and life review.
Music Therapy services are effective in the following hospital settings/departments:
- Orthopedic / Prosthetics
- Neurologic and Physical Rehabilitation Centers (both inpatient and outpatient)
- Co-treatment with SLP, OT, PT
- Music Therapy Procedural Support (Echocardiogram, CT, EEG, EKG, MRI, IV starts, Ventilator Extubation, Surgical Support)
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- Outpatient Treatment Center